The town of Westminster, Mass., could become the first in the nation to entirely ban the sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.
In support of the ban, Andrea Crete, the head of the town’s Board of Health said: “If we can prevent children from having access and exposure to tobacco and nicotine products and reduce the chances of them smoking or using them, then we’ve essentially saved lives.”
But many residents and local businesses argue the ban will hurt the local economy, cost jobs, and is an unnecessary intrusion by the government into consumer freedom. What do you think? What if a similar ban was proposed where you live?
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You can watch NewsHour Weekend’s full report from Westminster, Mass., below.